Tarbert Road, Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute

  • 4 receptions
  • 7 bathrooms
  • 8 bedrooms

    Offers Over £535,000

Property Type: Detached House

Property Summary

In quite wonderful condition and with excellent trading performance, an admired detached house and secondary coach house overlooking Loch Gilp and Loch Fyne.

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Property Description

Allt-Na-Craig House
Allt-Na-Craig is a handsome period home in Scots baronial style and which dates from 1842, the house is completed in a combination of exposed natural stone, painted smooth and harled render finish with quoins and mullions also picked out in paint, and all under a slated roof. The package also includes a former coach house at the rear which provides additional owners/managers/relatives accommodation as well as the potential as income producing self-catering holiday letting.

In the present ownership, the house is presented in quite lovely decorative order to designer standards and delightfully combined with matching and sympathetic soft furnishings. In addition, the property has been carefully looked after and maintained with a diligent programme of rolling maintenance and improvement. Both internally and externally has seen the sensitive preservation of many period features typical of the Scottish West Highland genre.

Bevelled glass outer door to entrance vestibule with recessed mat well, bevel glass door to broad period entrance reception hallway, drawing room with bay window formation, working open fire set in marble fireplace, French door to side gardens, formal dining room with bay window formation and multi fuel stove, door to side hall and porch with recessed mat well. Inner hall with under stairs store, cloaks /wc and cloaks cupboard. Well equipped kitchen with LPG fired Aga range cooker, utility and boiler room, rear wash house with pulley and door to gardens. Sitting room, home office/study.

Period pitch pine staircase to first floor hallway, bedroom 1 (Seton) with en suite shower room, bedroom 2 (Stewart) with en suite shower room, bedroom 3 (MacLeod) with en suite shower room, bedroom 4 (Buchanan) with en suite bath and shower room.

Staircase to second floor upper hallway illuminated by Velux window and leading to bedroom 5 (Skye) with fitted bedroom furniture and newly fitted en suite shower room, bedroom 6 (Mull) and bedroom 7 (Iona) have a shared bathroom with wardrobe in small hall offering scope as a family room.

Bedroom 8 (Gordon), is at half landing, a dual aspect room with an en suite bathroom and airing cupboard, return rear service stair to dedicated linen room and general purpose store, stair returning to rear lower hall.

Allt-Na-Craig Coach House
Outer door to reception hall, shower room, dining sized and well equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting room and under stairs store.   

Staircase to upper hallway and 2 fitted store cupboards, newly fitted bathroom, bedroom 1, bedroom 2, hot tank and linen store, bedroom 3 with 2 fitted wardrobes.

Outbuildings
Garage, work shop and garden equipment stores, ladder to long term stores in attic space, coal shed.

Gardens
Steel gates to gravel driveway and turning apron, fringed with laurel hedge, rhododendrons and mature trees. Level lawn at the front with steps from gravel pathway. A side lawn has ornamental alpine inserts, flag stone terrace. A coped stone wall with gates leads to side rear gardens with fruit bearing trees, fringed with evergreens and conifers. A sheltered gravel terrace is at the side of the house and the lawn extends to the rear where there are spring bulbs, shrubs and bushes.   A bridge crosses the stream which forms the southern boundary and leads to an area of semi ancient native amenity woodland, all under planted with rhododendrons. Dedicated entrance at coach house to a gravel surfaced rear courtyard, cobbled rear pathway to back door.

About 2.89 acres in all

B&B Enterprise
Allt-Na-Craig House has been successfully run by the present owners as a B&B enterprise. The property offers flexibility for owner/managers to live within the main house and self-cater holiday let the coach house (as the current owners do), or to have complete separation from guests and to live in the coach house and let additional rooms in the main house. The business generates good passing traffic from the A83 which connects Lochgilphead with the Mull of Kintyre and also from www.allt-na-craig.com together with various online booking websites. Allt-Na-Craig House was rewarded with 4 stars in Visit Scotland’s Quality Assurance scheme and currently holds a “Taste our Best” award.

For reasons of lifestyle choice, the present owners restrict business activity, recent annual turnover is stated at c £74,000 less cost of sales. Operating over an extended season could have the potential of producing a six figure income, less cost of sales.   

Local Authorities
Argyll & Bute Council
Tel: 01546 602127.

Services
Mains water supply, mains drainage, oil fired central heating supported by 1 open fire and 1 multi fuel burner, LPG fired Aga range cooker, partial double glazing.

Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.

Non-domestic Rates/Council Tax
In respect of non-domestic rates, Allt-Na-Craig House has a rateable value of £5,000 although currently qualifies 100% for small business relief. The owner’s accommodation within Allt-Na-Craig House is in Band C and the amount of council tax payable for 2018/2019 is £1,499.02 including water and drainage charges.

EPC
EPC rating F.

Situation
Allt-Na-Craig House is situated in a pretty coastal location in the ribbon settlement of Ardrishaig at the head of Loch Gilp.

From the property there are excellent easterly views over the seascape of Loch Gilp, Loch Fyne and beyond to the Cowal Hills.

Ardrishaig village is about 0.75 miles to the north of Allt-Na-Craig House where there are a range of local shops which cater for everyday requirements and a primary school. There is a regular bus service to Glasgow.

Lochgilphead is 2 miles away where there are supermarkets, independent shops and professional services. There is a new primary/high school in Lochgilphead and tertiary education is available through Argyll College. There is a new hospital and integrated health centre. A golf course, bowling green, swimming pool and sports centre are also located in Lochgilphead.

The Crinan Canal is nearby, with Crinan harbour, and its sheltered yacht moorings 8 miles distant, providing ready access to the Hebrides and some of the most beautiful scenery in the Scottish West Highlands. The area offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits, including water sports such as sailing and canoeing, on and off road cycle routes and walks. Sea, river and loch fishing are also available.

Historical Note
It is understood that ‘Allt-Na-Craig House’ was built c1842, one of three homes built by a wealthy Glasgow merchant for each of his daughters.

The author of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ – Kenneth Grahame lived in the house for two years as a child, before the family settled in Inveraray, where his father was Sherriff of Argyllshire.

During WW II the house was owned by two spinsters, Miss Olive and Una Campbell when it was used as a maternity home. Children born in ‘Allt-Na-Craig House’ at that time still live in the village and Lochgilphead. The house was left by them to their nephew Colonel Duncan Campbell who, after leaving the house vacant for many years, sold the house to the Mackay’s from Letchworth Hertfordshire, who restored the house to its former glory.

Since 2001 the house has been run as a small hotel and B&B enterprise and has been in the careful and sensitive ownership of the present owners since 2014.   

Travel Directions
From Lochgilphead travel south on the A83 (signposted for Campbeltown). Travel for 2.5 miles to find Allt-Na-Craig House located on the right hand side, approx 0.6 miles from the Ardrishaig canal bridge.